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Over 1 Million affected from Droughts in Sri Lanka

ඊ-තැපැල මුද්‍රණය පී.ඩී.එෆ් (PDF)
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Disaster Management Center states more than one million people from 15 districts are affected due to severe drought around the country. Mostly, people in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, and Vavuniya districts are severely affected and in greater difficulty due to the drought.

අවසන් යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම 2017 අගෝස්තු 09 වෙනි බදාදා, 17:52 තව දුරටත් කියවන්න...
 

Use of polythene, rigifoam, shopping bags banned

ඊ-තැපැල මුද්‍රණය පී.ඩී.එෆ් (PDF)
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Central Environment Authority (CEA) has banned the use of polythene lunch sheets, rigifoam boxes and shopping bags, with effect from 1st of September.

In a bid to make Sri Lanka polythene-free and find a sustainable solution to solid waste management, President Maithripala Sirisena has announced a number of measures including the ban on the import, manufacture and sale of lunch sheets and a ban on the use of polythene for decorations.

Cabinet approval was granted on Tuesday for a series of measures proposed by the President in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment to gradually end the use of polythene and thus minimize its environmental impact.While banning polythene use for decorations the manufacture, sale and use of polythene of 20 microns or less for essential activities on the approval of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA).

The short term measures also include the ban on the manufacture, import or sale of containers, plates, cups, spoons made of polystyrene, the ban on the sale of processed or cooked meals packed in polythene containers and the promotion of paper, cloth or reed bags or biologically degradable plastics for customers when purchasing items in stores, prohibition of burning polythene and plastic in open places introduction and promotion of biologically degradable polythene and plastics.

Tax concessions would be provided to import machinery for the manufacture of biologically degradable plastic and a cess tax of 15% on the import of plastic raw material and goods. In the long term the use of recycled plastic products would be banned.

Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the reporters at the weekly cabinet news briefing yesterday that the short term measures will be effective from Tuesday after the proposals were approved by the Cabinet.

The long and medium term measures need legislative approval for their implementation and therefore it takes time.Responding to a journalist, he said people would go back to good old habits of using perishable lunch wrappers and food containers when the ban of polythene was in place.

Source :Sandun Jayasekara, Daily Mirror

අවසන් යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම 2017 අගෝස්තු 09 වෙනි බදාදා, 17:54
 

Environmentalists urge Govt. to stop Pundaluoya Hydro Power Project

ඊ-තැපැල මුද්‍රණය පී.ඩී.එෆ් (PDF)
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Mini Hydro Power Stations proposed to be constructed based on water fed regions of Kothmale Divisional Secretariat have exposed the entire Kothmale valley to a serious environmental crisis. A number of Hydro power Projects based on Pundalu Oya, Puna Oya and  Ramboda Oya have already begun.

අවසන් යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම 2017 ජූලි 04 වෙනි අඟහරුවාදා, 10:35 තව දුරටත් කියවන්න...
 

Extremism against Mother Nature

ඊ-තැපැල මුද්‍රණය පී.ඩී.එෆ් (PDF)
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Extremism has become a bigger social concern in this century than ever. People have forgotten the very basic rule of mother nature is to encourage variety thus, making the Earth a rich platform for living beings.

අවසන් යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම 2017 ජූලි 05 වෙනි බදාදා, 10:01 තව දුරටත් කියවන්න...
 

Protests against Uma Oya

ඊ-තැපැල මුද්‍රණය පී.ඩී.එෆ් (PDF)
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A protest was held in Bandarawela to repair a leak in a tunnel of the Uma Oya multipurpose development project. More than 30,000 individuals comprising of religious leaders, local government members, closed shops, markets and other premises joined to force the government to repair the leak in the tunnel and to provide compensation for the damage caused for the people due to the development work carried out in the project.  The project was launched in 2009 to provide irrigation and drinking purposes for Hadapangala and Lunugamwehera reservoirs. The total costs of the project are 530 million US$. According to reports 80 million litres of water each day released due to the water leak in the tunnel.  More than 4000 houses observed with cracks in their walls after the project started. 

අවසන් යාවත්කාලීන කිරීම 2017 ජූනි 28 වෙනි බදාදා, 14:10 තව දුරටත් කියවන්න...
 
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